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TRUTH Minista Paul Scott: Openly Black

You know I’m proud to be black ya’ll/And that’s a fact ya’ll” —  Proud to Be Black- RunDMC

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TRUTH Minista Paul Scott

*Inspired by Michael Sam’s recent announcement that he plans to be the football’s  first openly gay player, Tyrone “Mustafa” Jackson decided that he wanted to make history, too.

Yesterday, at a press conference,  Jackson announced to the world that he wanted to be America’s first “openly black” hockey player.

While Sam’s announcement was met with cheers and letters of congratulations, Mustafa’s announcement was met with boos  and “go back to Africa” tweets…


Although many folks have applauded Michael Sam’s announcement that he wants to be the NFL’s first openly homosexual player, one has to wonder what America’s reaction would be to an openly pro-black athlete.

Now,  when I say “openly black” I’m not talking about “Barack Obama black.” I’m talking about “Huey P. Newton in a wicker chair with an African spear  black”. No, I’m not talkin’ about “Bill Cosby black,” either. I’m talking about “ Angela Davis afro with the black fist  afro pick black.” And I definitely don’t mean , Hip Hop artist, “Drake black”, I mean, “ 1990 Ice Cube Amerikkka’s Most Wanted black.”


Since childhood, most of us have been taught to be undercover black militants. We have been warned to keep the black rage that burns deep inside of us, on the down low.  We cannot risk committing the unpardonable sin of offending white folk. So, we keep who we really are locked deep inside, only letting a little  melanin leak out during Black History Month and Kwanzaa.

Black professional athletes are no different.

Now, there have been some overtly black professional athletes in our history, but it has been a minute. And one must admit, the pro-black jock wasn’t exactly met with open arms.

Your grandparents might remember when reporters refused to call the heavy weight champion of the world ,” Muhammad Ali”  but insisted on calling him by his slave name,” Cassius  Clay.”  Or maybe they can tell you about the blacklisting of John Carlos and Tommie Smith for having the audacity to throw up the infamous Black Power fist during the 1968 Olympics.

Ask your parents about the time that Craig Hodges, of the ’92 NBA champs, Chicago Bulls, had the nerve to visit George Bush at the White House, sportin’ a dashiki and holding a letter complaining about how the Prez dissed  African Americans with his domestic policies.

I don’t recall too many Americans calling these guys heroes and wanting to throw a ticker tape parade.

Let’s face it. America is scared of a straight up, no- holds -barred black man. While a Brotha showing his feminine side will be called a role mode, the Brotha that emits too much testosterone will be villainized as a thug, ala Seattle Seahawk, Richard Sherman.

And it’s not just mano-a-mano  type action that gets love, either. Wilt Chamberlain was considered the Man of the Year, when he announced that he had slept with over 20,000 women. Also, how many reality shows have you seen with athletes talking about how they pop bottles and make it rain in the club. Our athletes are able to talk about any and everything except a black social, economic or political agenda.

Seems like many black athletes have chosen to keep their blackness locked in the closet.


We must remember that at one point baseball legend, Jackie Robinson, had a beef with Malcolm X. Also, while Muhammad Ali was denouncing Uncle Sam for his treatment of African Americans, George Forman was dancing around the ring with a red, white and blue flag.

We can’t forget that the greatest human to ever touch a basketball was often accused of not doing enough for “the hood.”

During the early 90″s Michael Jordan was accused of not supporting the Sonja Haynes Stone Cultural Center at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also, when asked why he didn’t use some of his Nike money to  support the NC black Democratic senatorial candidate, Harvey Gantt, he allegedly said that “Republicans buy sneakers too.”

Back during the reign of black boxing great Jack Johnson, white America screamed for a “great white hope” to defeat him. In, 2014, what we need is a great black hope to defeat our self-hatred.

We need athletes who are not ashamed of their blackness. We need sports heroes who will support a black agenda with the same force that others promote a homosexual agenda.

If an athlete can proudly sport a  rainbow colored football helmet, we need a black athlete who will proudly carry a red, black and green hockey stick.

Since this is supposed to be Black History Month, wouldn’t it have been nice if one of the black Seattle Seahawks would have come to the post Superbowl  press conference with a copy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s Miseducation of the Negro? Or what would happen if at the, upcoming, NBA All Star Weekend, the African American players would host some Black Empowerment Conferences and strategize ways to pull their resources to help the little black boys and girls in the hood?

In all fairness, it’s not just the athletes that need  to step up, but black celebrities, in general. During the recent Grammy Awards, Hip Hop icon Queen Latifah , helped to officiate a, partially, same sex mass wedding. We need some artists to step up and host a major event on the world stage to  rebuild the black family.

We have enough Michael Sams and Queen Latifahs telling our children that it’s OK to be gay. We need some Jim Browns and Nina Simones to tell them that its OK to be, “young, gifted and black.”

Min. Paul Scott represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at  website No Warning Follow on Twitter @truthminista



"Everything is legal if the government can see you"-  KRS-ONE

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What's incredible is the fact that what he's talking about is even a thought in the Black conscience, that Black people are actually mentally and emotionally and socially living in a racial 'closet', even today, in the year 2014.


Those of us who refuse to live in society's 'racial closet' are hated, chastised and sometimes even ostracized by even our own people.  Far too many Black people in America, within the entire Black diaspora and even [probably especially] in Africa have come to find the 'racial closet' they have been relegated too comfortable and safe, more comfortable and safe that living outside the 'racial closet'.


Too many of us throughout the entire Black race have allowed those who seek to bind us inside a 'racial closet' to psychologically manipulate, condition and brainwash our thinking, actions and reactions, keeping the majority of us just as much psychologically enslaved as our ancestors where physically.  





  Bingo!  My sista.  That;s why I probably have been more frustrated than not these past few decades cuz I NEVER let go of being openly "black."  Okay so I did stop wearing my short to the face natural afro and maybe put away my Africa map that draped across my corridor in the patio area of my home....but I never gave up my dark shades or the black knowledge that I've studied and experienced my whole life.  Never!  But I know what it feels like to be isolated cuz my so-called politics no longer gel with my esteemed/degreed colleagues.  I know what it feels like to be hidden from so-called elite supervision so that my true feelings about my cultural is not revealed,  I also know what it feels to have those who are on my educational level try to minimize my intellectual genius on my CULTURE to maximize their racist/bias research on what they THINK or have been TAUGHT socially by others with open agenda.  Additionally, I have had black people to tell me not to talk about certain things in front of other black folks cuz they are suppossedly sooooooo upperity that they can't stand to hear such peasant talk.  From Hollywood to Hollyhood I've heard it all from my OWN people and from the others.  The others?  Don't give a fock cuz they have proven to be the enemy.  But black folks?  A whole new level of sabotage, identity-denial...different animal completely.  Cuz if you are in a room and you are bursting with "self" and that self is fabulous, intelligent and folks with their low esteem issues will want you to DIM your LIGHT.  


So my point?  Can't have any form of UNITY when dealing with broken people.  And...we are soooooooo broken and damaged that if there is a such thang as unity?  it Is sooooooo far and in between its not even recognizable.  And if you look historically at our heroes before us?  They were all loners. Starting with Harriet, Sojourn and even Phillis...who literately genius bogged enough massa;s mind at the time.  But they all.  Stood alone and did amazing things for benefit of the ENTIRE black race in America.  As the race?  Many were tooooooo busy participating in the crabs in the barrell scenario in blind vision[following after massa's lifestyle)-and that is why [IMO] we haven't PROGRESS enough as we SHOULD have even with a black president.


Therefore IF we can get those of us who think the same in the same room in an effort to bring about change in our culture.  . It might just work.  But as long as we seek unity outside of who we are[and there aren't enough of us on the same page in regards to seeking the betterment of our culture] ...there will NEVER be unity inside of what we have become.  Proof is all those WEALTHY black folks [from ALL walks of life] with money that can effectively change the dynamics of our community but won't.  That tells it all right there.   So coming out black is NOT a verb anymore.  The BLACK gang bangers and BLACK drug dealers in the BLACK community MADE damn sure of that while other blacks ensured it will STAY that way by doing absolutely NOTHING.   But!   

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Therefore IF we can get those of us who think the same in the same room in an effort to bring about change in our culture.  .




This is the TRUE challenge of the Black Race today.  Right now we are dots spread out too far away from each other to make connections.  Until needed connection is made, the entire Black race still stands splintered into all manor of mere islands of vulnerability, exposed to or at the mercy of non-Black people.   



Sista Sunnubian wrote:  This is the TRUE challenge of the Black Race today.  Right now we are dots spread out too far away from each other to make connections.  Until needed connection is made, the entire Black race still stands splintered into all manor of mere islands of vulnerability, exposed to or at the mercy of non-Black people.   




   Yep!  Exactly!  But!

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